ATHENS — As surprising as it might sound to anyone who saw Saturday’s Region XIV showdown between the Panola County Ponies and the Trinity Valley Community College, the Ponies actually made more 3-pointers than the hometown Cardinals.
To the casual observer it appeared the Cardinals started hitting 3’s before the game started and added a few more before the Ponies got out of town.
TVCC shot 58 percent from the field and dominated the boards by a better than 2-1 average to blow out the Ponies 110-86.
The Ponies fall to 19-8 and 10-6 for the season, falling to third in the standings. The Cardinals are 16-10 and 9-6.
Panola College returns to action at 4 p.m. Saturday against Bossier Parish Community College.
For the game, the Ponies hit 16 3-pointers to 12 for the Cardinals. However, many of the Ponies 3-pointers came when the game was decided and Cameron Carson put on a shooting exhibition.
The red-shirt freshmen had 7 of 10 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 26 points.
But Kamari Brown had 14 points off the bench and the only starter to score in double figures for PC was Jermaine Drewey with 11.
The Cardinals had five in double digits and two more with just under 10.
Dashawn Davis led the Cardinals with 21, while Trevon Fuller and Tydan Archibald both with 19 and Darry Moore with 18.
The Ponies actually led early, taking a 20-14 lead with 13:34 remaining in the half.
The Cardinals responded with a 22-5 run to go up 46-25 with 8:03 left in the half. An 11-6 run made it 52-37 at the half.
A 15-0 run midway through second half made it 76-42.
The Cardinals biggest lead came with 2:17 left as the Cardinals made it a 102-72 lead.
Dominique Jackson led the Ponies in rebounding with six, while Christopher Coley had five. PC did have 18 assists, with Davian Sanders and Coley each picking up four.